Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) has been blamed for its failure in providing teachers in the country with an actual curriculum thus limiting their ability to translate the appropriate learning programs so as to effectively mobilize students to centered learning.
This has so far put many primary and secondary teachers uninformed of the curriculum, thus contributing to mass failing of students.
The Guardian learnt this on a two-day meeting held in Dar es Salaam organized by the Tanzania Education Network (TEN/MET) with a theme ‘Improving assessment to enhance learning’.
When interviewed, Teacher Educator Enea Mhando said that TIE has failure to provide teachers with the actual curriculum copies saying that the development of the curriculum should be centralized and universal for the whole country.
Mhando underlined the need for TIE to be open to teachers on matters concerning the curriculum framework in the country.
“Even if you happen to go to TIE to ask for a copy of the actual curriculum, it will be difficult to obtain it and end up given hints only,” said Mhando.
Mhando described the curriculum as a constitution and syllabus as a law that are intended to give direction to student on what he or she is intended to be after completing studies.
According to his definition, “the focus of the curriculum is the development of the following competencies among learners; critical and creative thinking, communication, technology, literacy, personal and social life skills, and independent learning.